12 Nov 2021 20:10

Bills on use of QR codes in public places, on trains, planes submitted to State Duma - Russian govt

MOSCOW. Nov 12 (Interfax) - Bills regulating the use of QR codes in public places and on trains and planes have been submitted to the State Duma; no QR code will be required to visit drugstores, grocery stores or to buy goods of first necessity, the Russian government press service said.

"The government has submitted the bills on the use of QR codes in public places and on several means of transport. The suggested solutions are an emergency measure amid the difficult coronavirus situation," the government press service said in a statement on Friday.

The draft bill titled 'On Amending the Federal Law On the Sanitary-Epidemiological Well-Being of the Population' implies that only people with QR codes proving the fact of vaccination or a document certifying that the person has recovered from coronavirus infection or has a medical exemption from vaccination will be permitted to attend public events and visit cultural sites or cultural establishments, cafes, restaurants and retail facilities.

It will be up to regional authorities to decide on the use of QR codes and to compile a list of places visitors of which must produce QR codes or appropriate certificates, the statement said.

"People still won't have to produce any documents when visiting drugstores or organizations that provide residents with food products or goods of first necessity," it said.